February High School Hoops Frenzy: Cienega girls & Benson boys to quarterfinals

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Adam Saenz (21) & Jared Jorgensen jump it up Friday nigth at Amphi High School. Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com Photo.

Adam Saenz (21) & Jared Jorgensen jump it up Friday nigth at Amphi High School. Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com Photo.

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No. 4 Benson beat No. 20 Thatcher 63-38 on Friday night to qualify for the quarterfinal round of the Division III state playoffs. The Bobcats (26-4) will play No. 4 Show Low next Wednesday.

Thatcher finished their year with a 21-11 record. Thatcher barely fell to Benson 62-59 two weeks ago but the rematch Friday night proved more difficult after Benson started the game with 15-0 run.

Even though Benson won by a wide margin, head coach Chris Riehemann felt there was plenty of room for improvement on the offensive end.

“We addressed our defense and our rebounding a bit from earlier in the year,” said Riehemann. “I hope our shooting improves though. We are a senior heavy team and they will always find a way to win.”

Reed Goodman and Jeff Shumway scored 10 points each to lead Thatcher. Sean Brogan scored a game-high 18 points to lead Benson. Adam Saenz scored 12 and Cody Wilson added 11.

Benson won a state championship in 1971 under Jack Wilson.  The Bobcats took second place in 1939 under J.A. Kartchner and in 1999 under James Driggers.

On the girl’s side, No. 3 Cienega defeated No. 19 Notre Dame 57-33. Cienega moved to 24-1 on the year and will play No. 6 Yuma Cibola next Tuesday at the Jobing.com Arena in the quarterfinal round.

Cienega has never played in a state championship game.

22 Southern Arizona teams will play in the various divisions on Saturday.


Friday Results

GIRLS DIVISION II

Second Round: Friday, February 21
3 Cienega 57, 19 Notre Dame 33
10 Saguaro 70, 7 Flowing Wells 47

BOYS DIVISION III

Second Round: Friday, February 21
4 Benson 63, 20 Thatcher 38
3 Yuma Catholic 58, 14 Bisbee 54

GIRLS DIVISION IV

First Round: Friday, February 21
10 Desert Christian 46, 23 Ray, Prescott 44
18 Patagonia 52, 15 Immaculate Heart 35
17 Tombstone 45, 16 San Manuel 42

BOYS DIVISION IV

First Round: Friday, February 21
13 Tombstone 65, 20 Gilbert Classical 35
14 Duncan 49, 19 Red Valley-Cove 38
15 Willcox 55, 18 Phoenix Christian 51
12 Tempe Prep 53, 21 Valley Union 31
11 Red Mesa 41, 22 St. David 39

Saturday Games

BOYS DIVISION II
All games start at 7 pm

Second Round: Saturday, February 22
1 Salpointe Catholic hosts 16 Sunnyside
4 Cienega hosts 13 Cholla
9 Catalina Foothills at 8 Shadow Mountain
11 Sahuaro at 6 Shadow Ridge
15 Sabino at 2 Tempe
19 Ironwood Ridge at 3 Flagstaff

GIRLS DIVISION III

Second Round: Saturday, February 22
3 Pusch Ridge vs. 14 Monument Valley at Amphi, 5 pm
5 Thatcher vs. 12 Tuba City at Amphi, 7 pm

BOYS DIVISION IV

Second Round: Saturday, February 22
4 Desert Christian vs. 13 Tombstone at Yavapai, 12:30 pm
5 St. Gregory vs. 12 Tempe Prep at Bradshaw Mountain, 7:30 pm
14 Duncan vs. 3 El Capitan at Yavapai, 9 am
15 Willcox vs. 2 AZ Lutheran at Yavapai, 7:30 pm

GIRLS DIVISION IV

Second Round: Saturday, February 22
1 Valley Union vs. 17 Tombstone at Bradshaw Mountain, 4:30 pm
2 St. Gregory vs. 18 Patagonia at Bradshaw Mountain, 6 pm
7 St. David vs. 10 Desert Christian at Yavapai, 3 pm
8 Duncan vs. 9 Red Mesa at Yavapai, Noon



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